The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are among the few handsets that have support for Google’s nascent Daydream virtual reality platform. When these smartphones were released earlier this year, they did not have support for the platform. Google confirmed at the I/O 2017 conference a few months back that it will release Daydream VR support for these handsets over the summer. Both devices are receiving said update today.
There were signs recently that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will receive this update in the near future. T-Mobile released Daydream VR support for the handsets on its networks a couple of weeks ago. Verizon later did the same.
It has now been confirmed via the official Google VR G+ account that the Daydream VR update is now being rolled out for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. This doesn’t appear to be an over-the-air update so it’s not like Galaxy S8 owners will have to install the update manually.
Google appears to have made a server-side change in order to enable Samsung’s 2017 flagship to work with the Daydream virtual reality platform. The Daydream app can now be installed on the aforementioned devices, it’s available as a free download from the Google Play Store.